2016 Hyundai Elantra GT vs 2016 Scion iM

American consumers are finally coming around to the concept of the hot hatchback—this rising popularity is probably due in part to the popularity of the crossover compact SUV. Drivers are realizing how much more they can accomplish with a vehicle that utilizes the vertical space that a traditional sedan doesn’t take advantage of. As the market gets more competitive, it becomes increasingly more important to comparison shop, to make sure you’re getting the vehicle that truly suits your lifestyle and budget. That’s why we’re researching 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT vs 2016 Scion iM.

Scion redirects its efforts with the 2016 iM four-door hatchback in hopes of reaching out to young, first-time car buyers. The Scion iM borrows from successful hot hatches to offer a unique blend of performance and value. What we know right now about the 2016 Scion iM is that it will likely carry a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with around 140 horsepower, and, based on the concept model, will offer 19-inch graphite-colored wheels, an array of body kit upgrades, a height-adjustable suspension, and an independent rear multilink design. It should be out in late Fall 2015, but if it doesn’t have any other engine options, it could fall flat on the performance side of things.

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2016 Hyundai Elantra GT vs 2016 Scion iM
2.0L 4-cylinder Engine 1.8L 4-cylinder
173 Horsepower 137
$18,800 MSRP $19,255
10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty 5-year/60,000-mile

Available now is the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT, Hyundai’s hot hatchback offering. As per Hyundai’s standard, there are a slew of standard features augmented by a high-quality interior, all at an impressive value. Sportier and roomier than the Elantra sedan, you don’t have to sacrifice any cool points for needed cargo space in the GT. Standard features—all included at a lower MSRP than Scion iM—include 16-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, A/C, full power accessories, adjustable seats, heated front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 6-speaker sound system will all the hookups you need for whatever device(s) you want to use.

If you really want to compare these two models, you’ll have to drive both of them. But if you really don’t want to end up driving the 2016 Elantra GT home today, we suggest you wait until both models are available at dealerships—because once you get behind the wheel of the Elantra GT at Carolina Hyundai, you’ll know you won’t need to look any further. 

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